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Location, location, location!

You're always in the right place.

From the April 2002 issue of The Christian Science Journal

For years I'd dreamed of owning my own home. But traveling—and spending money on other things—took priority. My financial situation was such that I could only get a loan that gave me very few options for buying property. But I knew that God always keeps us in our right place, whether it is living with parents, sharing an apartment with friends, or renting a one-bedroom apartment. To me, being in the right place doesn't necessarily mean a specific house or job or physical situation, but just being in the awareness that He is watching over us and guiding our decisions in life.

A few years ago it became apparent to me that the time was right to take the necessary steps to become a homeowner. I took stock of what I owed creditors, and mapped out a plan to have all my debt paid off in one year. It took discipline, but I never felt that I lacked for anything I needed. In fact, I was able to move into a new apartment along the way and still keep on my schedule—even though the move involved a large payment up front. I was also able to travel to see my family during the holidays, as I'd always done.

During this time, I went to open houses, but properties in the Boston area were always way out of my budget. I was going mainly because it was fun to go through the different dwellings, rather than because I was seriously looking to purchase a home. I just knew that someday I wanted to buy some property. And as Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health, "Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds."Science and Health, p.1. I found it helpful, in my own case, to play with the word deeds. I thought of deeds not only as actions but also as deeds to a house.